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Barbara Jean Potter-Jansen
March 29, 1937 ~ March 1, 2023 (age 85) 85 Years Old
Barbara Potter Jansen age 85 passed away peacefully on the morning of March 1, 2023.
After graduating from Frederic High School in 1955 she went on to study to be a teacher at the Polk County Teachers college in St. Croix Falls Wisconsin. It was around that time that she met her husband, Laurin Jansen. They were married in June 7, 1957 at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. They went on to have three children, Susan, Shirley, and Daniel.
When Barb and Laurin were married, Barb had to learn how to cook, how to drive Laurin's brand new Ford Custom 300 car with a stick shift, and how to play card games like whist, 500, pinochle, and Oh Hell.
Barb taught in a country school at Ridgeview until March of 1958. Shortly thereafter her first child, Susan, was born and Barb decided to dedicate her life to being a fantastic and wonderful mother. Shirley was born in 1959, and Dan followed in 1962. Barb took them to the lake every summer and watched them swim, even though she was afraid of the water. She taught each of the kids to drive a stick shift when they got their learners permit. She drove them to, and from every event at school that they needed to attend, and with Laurin, sat in the audience at every performance her children had. Barb did return to teaching as a substitute teach after the kids were all in school.
The family went on many camping trips each summer and barb made sure that everything the family needed got packed before going.
Barb, love to have fresh flowers in the house that Laurin grew in is flower gardens. She like to have fresh vegetables from his gardens and helped him put vegetables away for winter. She like to listen to gospel music. She like to collect green glassware, Russian dolls, and hand-blown paper weights. She like to sew and made many dresses for the girls throughout the years. She really like to visit and play cards. She loved to wear hats she decorated with flowers. She would have lunch with her friends one time a month to talk and laugh. She did a lot of work at the Pipe Lake Lutheran church over the years, including teaching Sunday school, Bible school, and helping out with chicken dinner.
Barb not only enjoyed raising her kids, but spending time with her 6 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. They gave her so much joy.
She will be missed.
Lenmark-Gomsrud-Linn Funeral & Cremation Services, Eau Claire is assisting the family. Online condolences may be shared at www.lenmarkfh.com.